A local church leader is fearful that ongoing debates on the legalization of marijuana could open the floodgates to similar discussions about other illicit drugs.
Senior Pastor of the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre Bishop Dr Marlon Husbands, during a church service to usher in the start of Crime Awareness Month, remained in firm opposition to those who currently support the legalization of cannabis.
“People love to press the limits of authority; and as much legalisation of marijuana we want, you give the liberality for marijuana, you’re going to press the limits with something else,” the bishop warned.
While he acknowledged there may be some usefulness from debates about the benefits of medicinal marijuana, he questioned how much further Barbadians would go “with the liberalities”.
“Whether it is cocaine… you’ve got to ask yourself the question, you liberate marijuana, you’re opening the gates for all the other big fellas (drugs). Inherently because of our own sinful nature, we like to press and challenge authority,” Bishop Husbands added.
Back in August this year, Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson declared that the path to legalize the use of cannabis will be based on scientific evidence and the best practices for its use.
To the approval of his congregation this weekend, Bishop Husbands pleaded with authorities to ensure all opinions, perspectives and information about the plant be considered before any decision is made.
“All I’m saying, think long, think hard. Engage the social partnership, engage the church in discussion… don’t point fingers and say preachers are just as corrupt as others. There is the voice of God still in the church. The Church still has a voice!” he exclaimed.
Bishop Husbands thanked the current Mia Mottley administration for the promise to include religious organisations in a wider social partnership group to more directly engage the country on issues such as the legalisation of marijuana.